How to Repair Wiper Blades With Rubbing Alcohol

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How to Repair Wiper Blades With Rubbing Alcohol
A clean windshield makes it easier to see what's coming toward your vehicle. Duh. (sur la route image by valérie Beunardeau from

Continuous build-up of dust and debris such as dust, smoke and mineral deposits from rain water reduces the efficiency of the windshield wiper blades on your car. Poorly performing wiper blades create hazardous driving conditions when it's raining, potentially leading to accidents or even death. Performing frequent wiper blade maintenance significantly improves the efficiency with which the wipers remove dust, debris and water from the windshield and saves the cost, frequency and hassle of purchasing and installing new windshield wiper blades.

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Things you need

  • Measuring cup
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cotton balls
  • Soft linen cloth

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  1. 1

    Pour 1 cup of rubbing alcohol into a measuring cup.

  2. 2

    Soak 10 cotton balls in the alcohol until the cotton balls become saturated with alcohol.

  3. 3

    Pull the windshield wipers away from the windshield to allow yourself easy access to the blades for cleaning.

  4. 4

    Wipe one cotton ball along the entire length of the wiper blade. Discard each cotton ball after it is used. Repeat the process as many times as necessary until the liquid runs clear from the wiper blade.

    How to Repair Wiper Blades With Rubbing Alcohol
    Cotton balls soaked in alcohol allow for easy cleaning of wiper blades. (Cotton Balls on Black and White image by Towards Ithaca from
  5. 5

    Soak a soft linen cloth in a solution of 50 per cent rubbing alcohol and 50 per cent warm water. Wash the windshield surface from top to bottom to remove dust, dirt, oil and other grime from the windshield and improve the performance of the wipers.

    How to Repair Wiper Blades With Rubbing Alcohol
    Linen cloth cleans a windshield to a streak-free shine. (rustic linen fabric background image by GoodMood Photo from

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